Star City

Rich silver was discovered in Star Canyon in 1861, and by the next year a community developed. Growing rapidly, Star City reached a population of 1200 in 1863, making it the largest town in Humboldt County, complete with an array of businesses including two hotels, saloons, stores, and a Wells Fargo office. A ten-stamp mill was operated by the Sheba Company, owner of Star City's greatest producer - the Queen of Sheba.

Star City reached its peak in 1864-65, during which time there were seven mining companies. Unfortunately, in 1868 ore diminished and Star City faded. At its closure, an estimated $5 million had been recovered at the Queen of Sheba mine since 1862. Only 78 people remained in 1871, and by 1880 Star City was a total ghost.